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A tale of two towns – why are Killarney’s projects put on the long-finger?

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STANDSTILL: Our 2017 design show the site's potential but there is still no movement on what will happen with the Áras Phádraig.

 

 

It seems the powers that be are putting projects in Killarney on the long-finger while similar ideas in other towns get pushed through at a much faster rate.

In the first of a two-part series, the Killarney Advertiser’s Sean Moriarty exposes why this town is left floundering as other towns push ahead and reap the rewards.

In Part One we look at how substantial land donations by two very different institutions, one unique to Killarney and the other, a global business giant based in Tralee, had polar opposite outcomes.

The Áras Phádraig on the Lewis Road, a former popular community centre has been idle since May 2009 when the Franciscan Brothers transferred ownership of the facility to the municipal council.

Five years later, Kerry Group, the global food giant with its world headquarters in Tralee, donated its former Denny’s Meat factory site at the Island of Geese in the town centre to its home town.

At the latest meeting of Killarney Municipal Council, the elected members were told: “Kerry County Council has appointed Reddy A&U Architects to prepare a development plan for the Áras Phádraig site and adjoining car park. A number of options are being considered for the development. An economic and financial Cost Benefit Analysis is being carried out on each of these options in accordance with the requirements of the Public Spending Code”.

Meanwhile, in Tralee, last February Kerry County Council and the Tralee Municipal District unveiled plans for the Island of Geese site including a three-storey office block; a large park and public realm area featuring a children's play area; public seating and an amphitheatre with curved seating.

Elected members of Tralee Municipal District approved these plans in early July. Tralee is pushing on with its plans to redevelop a donated site. Killarney is still in the “development plan stage” despite having a five year head start over the county town.

In fairness, the Áras Phádraig site hit a legal hitch connected with the charity status of either the donator or the receiver - but surely Tralee hit similar snags along the way?

It took until 2017 before the legal hitch could be overcome in Killarney, but three years down the road we are still no closer to getting this important facility, which is fast becoming an eyesore, off the ground. Three years ago, the design team at the Killarney Advertiser came up with our own concept – so why is this project so far away from being even started, not to mind finished?

It took Tralee less than six years to get from the point of receiving the donation to approving plans.

Nearly 12 years on, and Killarney remains in the planning stages and we are asking whose responsibility is this and who is going to step up and make this happen now and not dilly-dally for God knows how long more.

HAVE YOUR SAY: What is your Killarney view? Email sean@killarneyadvertiser.ie.

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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